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Rain chances continue through Saturday, cold air arrives next week

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Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 4:27 AM CST
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Happy Wednesday! The heavy rain has exited our area and we are even seeing some clearing skies in spots early this morning. Patchy dense fog may develop in spots on our Wednesday morning, so be sure to leave a little bit of extra time to get to your destination. Any fog should lift between 8 and 9 a.m. Temperatures will be in the upper-50s and low-60s as you head out the door this morning, with temperatures warming up into the low-to-mid-70s this afternoon. We'll see mostly cloudy skies today, with a few passing showers from time to time. Shower chances will ramp up this evening, but we're not expecting the same rainfall intensity that we saw yesterday.

The showers tonight and into early Thursday morning are thanks to a weak cold frontal passage. Temperatures around midnight tonight will be in the upper-60s and then once the front passes, temperatures will begin to drop. We'll be in the upper-50s and low-60s by sunrise tomorrow morning, and that's where temperatures look to stay through the afternoon. By midnight tomorrow night, temperatures will be around 50 degrees. Morning lows by Friday will be mainly in the mid-40s. Other than a stray shower on Friday, we look to stay dry with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the low-60s.

Another cold front will push through on Saturday. This will bring a good chance of rain and maybe a thunderstorm or two. Severe weather is unlikely with this frontal passage, but stay tuned to later updates in case this thinking changes. Highs will be around the 70 degrees on Saturday, but this frontal passage will usher in the coldest temperatures we've seen so far this winter. Highs will be in the low-50s on Sunday, upper-40s on Monday, and then only the mid-40s by Tuesday. Morning lows by Monday and Tuesday will be around 30 and the upper-20s, respectively. I will note that the models are indicating lows possibly in the low-to-mid-20s by Tuesday morning. This is certainly a possibility, but I will hold off on going that low at this time. My reasoning for that is models tend to back off on extreme cold as we get closer to the day in question. We'll have to wait and see if this holds true or not in this case. The good news is we'll at least see mostly sunny skies on Monday and Tuesday.

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